Tomb of Ture Malmgren

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The empty tomb of Ture Malmgren, 2015

The tomb of Ture Malmgren (referred to in Swedish as Tures grav) [1] is a structure located in Uddevalla, Bohuslän, Sweden. It is located by the foot of Fjällsätern, near the center of the residential district of Tureborg (which is named for Tureborg Castle, a ruin atop the mountain's summit). Carved into the sheer cliff face, it was intended as the final resting place of the local politician and publicist Ture Malmgren. Despite his own wishes, Malmgren was instead interred elsewhere after his death in 1922, effectively rendering the empty rock-cut tomb a cenotaph of sorts. [2]

Uddevalla Place in Bohuslän, Sweden

Uddevalla is a town and the seat of Uddevalla Municipality in Västra Götaland County, Sweden. In 2010, it had a population of 31,212.

Bohuslän Place in Götaland, Sweden

Bohuslän is a Swedish province in Götaland, on the northernmost part of the country's west coast. It is bordered by Dalsland to the northeast, Västergötland to the southeast, the Skagerrak arm of the North Sea to the west, and the county of Østfold, in Norway, to the north.

Fjällsätern

Fjällsätern is a minor mountain in southern Uddevalla, Sweden. Its summit reaches 105.9 metres (347 ft) above sea level according to one 1950 estimate, making it the area's second highest. There the local politician and publicist Ture Malmgren (1851–1922) began building his grand Tureborg Castle, today a ruin, in 1899. Along its slopes Malmgren constructed several other structures, among them the likewise faux-medieval summer residence Fjällhyddan, and his own would-be tomb. The area was once completely barren, but Malmgren – who was engaged in the tree-planting movement of that time – promised his wife Hilma that she would one day be able to walk beneath trees on Fjällsätern, and set about planting the thick forest of today. A nature reserve named after him, Ture Valleys, is situated on the mountain's eastern side.

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Ture Malmgren (born in 1851) is primarily known as the founder of the regional newspaper Bohusläningen , which remains in publication today. Other than his career as a publicist and journalist, he maintained extensive business connections, and was involved in many fields of politics, often radical. Among other things, he was the first chairman of the Uddevalla Suffrage Association, chaired the Uddevalla City Council for many years, and campaigned as a candidate for the Riksdag. In addition to these engagements he was also a keen builder, and constructed several large buildings. [3] Of these, only Villa Elfkullen still stands – his large mock castle Tureborg burned down in 1950, and the faux-medieval summer residence Fjällhyddan was demolished later in the 20th century. [2] [4]

<i>Bohusläningen</i> Swedish daily newspaper

(Swedish: Bohusläningen, lit. 'The Bahusian') is a daily newspaper, focusing on central and northern Bohuslän, as well as western Dalsland.

The Uddevalla Suffrage Association was a late-19th-century political movement founded in Uddevalla, Sweden. Local historians and the Swedish Social Democratic Party consider it the first political predecessor of the Swedish labour movement in the province of Bohuslän. Its purpose was to bring about universal suffrage in Sweden: At the time, suffrage in the country was restricted to men and based on personal wealth, therefore excluding most of the urban and rural working class from the electoral process. The Uddevalla Suffrage Association was one of many groups throughout Sweden that helped bring democratic thought into the common discourse and make way for the political breakthrough of the labour movement.

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The Riksdag is the national legislature and the supreme decision-making body of Sweden. Since 1971, the Riksdag has been a unicameral legislature with 349 members, elected proportionally and serving, from 1994 onwards, on fixed four-year terms.

Aside from these three main buildings, many other minor structures created by Malmgren are dotted around the surrounding landscape. One of these is a vaulted cavern cut into the grey rock of Fjällsätern at some point between the 1890s and the 1920s. Following his death on 3 August 1922, the local authorities decided against burying him in his intended final resting place, and instead he was buried at the nearby Eastern Cemetery. There, where he was joined by his wife Hilma Malmgren following her death in 1942, a large tombstone bearing his portrait was raised. [2] The old tomb is now bricked up. [1]

Eastern Cemetery (Uddevalla) Uddevalla, Sweden

The Eastern Cemetery is a cemetery in Uddevalla, Sweden. It belongs to the Church of Sweden, which professes to Lutheranism, and serves as burial grounds for – primarily – the members of Bäve Parish (sv).

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References

  1. 1 2 "Hitta". tureborgen.blogspot.se (in Swedish). Tureborg Society. 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 Hansson, Wilhelm (2002) [First published 1968]. Drömmarnas riddarborg (in Swedish) (3rd ed.). Uddevalla: Villa Elfkullen Association. p. 14.
  3. "Dödsruna över Ture Malmgren". Bohusläningen . Uddevalla. 1922.
  4. "Fjällhyddan". www.tureborgen.blogspot.se (in Swedish). Tureborg Society. 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2015.